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Wednesday 5th October

Author Margaret Dunlop is at Atkinson-Pryce for a Biggar launch of "Goodbye Berlin", her biography of husband Gerald Wiener.  Former Biggar residents, Atkinson-Pryce is welcoming Margaret and Gerald to the bookshop for an evening to celebrate publication of "Goodbye Berlin".

The 24th of March, 1939, was a poignant day for twelve-year-old Gerald Wiener. He was on a train pulling out of Berlin and he was on his way to the UK to escape persecution in Nazi Germany...  Looked after by two sisters in Oxford, his abilities as a scholar became apparent and from an early age he was set on the road to academic achievement.  There followed a distinguished career as a research scientist in Edinburgh and extensive travel.  This book shows how one man’s life and achievements mirror the great events of the second half of the twentieth century and the opening years of the new millennium.

Come and join us to hear some of this fascinating story.  The event starts at 7.30 pm.  Ticket £5 from Atkinson-Pryce.  Advance booking recommended.

Friday 7th October

David Bodanis, author of "E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation", is at Atkinson-Pryce for the Scottish launch of his latest book, "Einstein's Greatest Mistake".  Futurist, speaker, business advisor and author, Bodanis chooses Biggar for the first date on his Scottish tour.

   An intimate and enlightening biography of the celebrated physicist, "Einstein's Greatest Mistake" reveals how much we owe Einstein today - and how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws.

   Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionised our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life he was also ignored by most working scientists, his ideas opposed by even his closest friends.  He was a fallible genius and David Bodanis traces the arc of his life both professional and personal in this assured biography. 

7.30 pm. Ticket £5 from Atkinson-Pryce.  Advance booking recommended.


Biggar Little Festival  2016,  20th-30th October

We have an exploring adventuring theme this year for our literary events during BLF, with the exception of the Dastardly Dinner which will be exploring the finer points of forensic science, rather than the wider, wilder world.  Tickets will be available on-line from 20th August, and from us and the Festival Box Office from Saturday 8th October.  Dastardly Dinner tickets from Atkinson-Pryce only, on sale 1st September.


Thursday 20th October

Critically acclaimed author Mallachy Tallack visits Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop to launch his new book “The Un-Discovered Islands”. Author of the hugely successful “60 Degrees North” will be talking about his new book with the intriguing subtitle – “An archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes”.  Gathered in this book are over twenty islands that have decidedly human origins, whether they are the products of imagination, deception or simply human error.  This time Malachy’s prose will be accompanied by glorious full colour illustrations from Katie Scott, creating an atlas of fairytale and wonder. 

Ticket £5, see above under Biggar Little Festival heading for more information.



Monday 24th October

Endurance 100: a presentation about the centenary expedition celebrating Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. We have invited adventurer David Crichton Henry to join us to talk about his “experience of a lifetime” and its legacy.  Henry co-led the expedition which reached the South Pole successfully on 17th December 2015.  The evening will also introduce the fascinating story of Scottish naturalist and polar explorer William Speirs Bruce and his contribution to the ‘Heroic Ages’ of Antarctic exploration.  Introducing the evening in traditional Edwardian dress to set the scene, Henry will conclude by showing lovely slides and telling amazing stories of the recent expedition.

Ticket £5, see under Biggar Little Festival heading above for more information


Wednesday 26th October

Fleet and Withers at Atkinson-Pryce to celebrate publication of “Scotland: Mapping the Islands”. Come and meet the people behind the gorgeous publication “Scotland: Mapping the Nation”.  They have teamed up again to produce another lovely book: “Scotland: Mapping the Islands”. This stunning new book presents the rich and diverse story of Scottish islands from the earliest maps to the most up-to-date techniques of digital mapping in a unique and imaginative way.  Christopher Fleet is Senior Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland and Charles W J Withers is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Edinburgh.

Ticket £5, see above under Biggar Little Festival heading for more information



Saturday 29th October

A Dastardly Dinner with Lin Anderson and Professor Lorna Dawson. 

Never mind literary lunches, Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop presents a Dastardly Dinner (at lunchtime!) with crime writer Lin Anderson, whose fictional forensic scientist Rhona Macleod will be joined by real forensic scientist Professor Lorna Dawson of the Hutton Institute for lunch and a discussion about the finer points of forensics and related matters.  12.30 pm at the Elphinstone Hotel.

Ticket £20, includes lunch and discount off Lin Anderson's latest book, "None But the Dead".  Tickets available from the bookshop only, from 1st September.